Active Directory (AD) is a Microsoft developed service that arranges all Network users, computers and other objects into logical hierarchical groupings. For many years, Windows networks have been depending on AD to maintain a central source of information for authentication and access permissions. Now that cloud computing is such an integral part of today’s business, it is so important to extend AD into the cloud to ensure highly secure environments. With AD, you can have layered security, one that has policies and permissions for security at different levels. AD is easily scalable and highly flexible with its use, and objects can be located anywhere physically while the domain/network resources can be accessed securely.

Active Directory (Azure AD) is Microsoft’s multi-tenant cloud based directory and identity management service. If you are an Office365 or Dynamics CRM Online customer, you might not realize that you are already using Azure AD. Every Office365, Azure and Dynamics CRM tenant has an Azure AD tenant. You can use the same AD tenant to manage access to thousands of other cloud applications Azure AD integrates with.

With four clicks, Azure AD can be integrated with an existing Windows Server Active Directory, giving you the ability to leverage your existing on-premises identity investments to manage access to cloud based SaaS applications.

Active Directory (AD) is included in most Windows Server  operating systems as a set of processes and services. AD authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain network—assigning and enforcing security policies for all computers and installing or updating software.

Active Directory (AD) is included in most Windows Server  operating systems as a set of processes and services. AD authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain network—assigning and enforcing security policies for all computers and installing or updating software.

Capabilities include: device registration, self-service password management, self-service group management, privileged account management, role based access control, application usage monitoring, rich auditing and security monitoring and alerting. These capabilities can help secure cloud based applications, streamline IT processes, cut costs and help assure corporate compliance goals are met.

Flexible and secure authentication and authorization services provide protection for data while reducing barriers to doing business over the Internet. AD supports multiple authentication protocols: Kerberos V5 protocol, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) v3, and Transport Layer Security (TLS) using X.509 v3 certificates, to name a few.


As your business evolves, it is time to take advantage of the investments that Microsoft has made into their cloud infrastructure. By implementing Office 365, and its subscription-based online suite of software products, improved productivity for your organization is a given. Useful components that fall under Office 365 that seem to be the most popular are Exchange Online for your email and daily desktop applications such as Word, Excel, PowePoint, OneNote and Lync. SharePoint Online is also a great tool for simple document sharing and storage online. Let Reach for the Clouds introduce you to Office 365 and all that it has to offer. Take advantage of having your infrastructure in the cloud where your productivity software suite is fully integrated and where these products can provide your business one cohesive solution.


You will be amazed at how easy Office 365 is to administer. It operates through an easy-to-use web based Admin Console and with template-driven, drop down tools you can create a customer user experience tailored to your company’s needs. With everything moving to the cloud, you will realize very quickly just how efficiently and productively your staff can work away from the office. Microsoft Office 365 collaboration tools such as SharePoint makes this transition very seamless. When embarking on the switch to Office 365, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of this technology. Let Reach for the Clouds do the implementation for you to figure out variables such as: what licenses your organization actually needs, how to go about creating a technical plan for the roll out, how to test the system on a small group prior to making a company wide change or strategies around user adoption.


Reach For The Clouds is committed to offering our customers the best training in the industry, delivering meaningful business results on the Microsoft Office 365 platform. End users can make or break the success of any new business application. Those users can also be your most valuable asset, that is why we support their training and career development as a top priority.

Our best-in-class training solutions will insure your Office 365 application not only meets the technical requirements of the business but has the full support of the end users who use it on a daily bases.


With any proficient operating system, you must continually maintain and service the environment so it runs like a well-oiled machine. Reach for the Clouds will operate your business’ Microsoft Office 365 services after deployment, managing its identities, dependencies, requirements and supporting technologies in order to sustain its usability and ultimate long term success. Specifically, they will manage cloud identies and security implementations, monitor and troublshoot O365 availability and usage, manage clients and end-user devices, and configure Exchange Online and Lync Online for end users, just to name a few. The time that you would otherwise spend on learning all the intricacies of what goes into sustaining O365 can now be spent on actionable items that will promote profitability for your organization.